Phaon Cresent and Morning Dew

Was not a good morning for this little butterfly. It happened to perfect conditions for the morning dew to form on just about anything.

Phaon Crescent | Alice Mary Herden | April 16
Phaon Crescent | Alice Mary Herden | April 16

Link:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/bfly/phaon_crescent.htm

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Rosy Wolfsnail

Well, this one isn’t on the friendly snail list. Apparently, this carnivorous snail was introduced into Hawaii to control Giant African Land Snails. But that plan didn’t work because this snail species also ate their native snails.

 

When I first saw this snail it reminded me of some Syfy movie, but I can’t remember what the title of the movie was. It was quite interesting to observe and to photograph.

 

 

Besides being one of the fastest crawling snails, took 20 minutes to slug across the road, it definitely makes one cool photography subject.

Rosy Wolfsnail | Alice Mary Herden | April 15
Rosy Wolfsnail | Alice Mary Herden | April 15

 


Learn about the Rosy Wolfsnail:

http://www.molluscs.at/gastropoda/terrestrial.html?/gastropoda/terrestrial/euglandina.html

http://molluskman.com/Euglandina_rosea.html

 

Sandhill Milkweed

Sandhill or Pinewood milkweed is an essential plant that grows in sandhill habitat. I only see these growing sporadically, odd places. It’s where ever the seed falls, take root in the loose sand and flourish, which seems like a huge challenge!

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Sandhill Milkweed | March 21 | Alice Mary Herden

An incredible and extremely important plant for pollinators like the Monarch butterfly.

*Remember plants like these are in the forest for a reason, leave them where you found them. There are hundreds of wildlife species that depend on plants like these for their survival.

Check out your local Native Plant Societies for purchasing plants for your yard.


Links:

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/plant-directory/asclepias-humistrata/

https://www.fnps.org/assets/pdf/pubs/asclepias_humistrata_pinewoodsmilkweed.pdf

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/sg162